The Art of the Novel: Critical Prefaces

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University of Chicago Press
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5.67 X 8.48 X 0.85 inches | 1.12 pounds
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About the Author
Henry James (1843-1916) is among the most widely read and taught writers of nineteenth-century literary realism. Among his best known works of fiction are The Portrait of a Lady, Washington Square, The Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors, The Aspern Papers, and The Turn of the Screw.

"Taken as a whole, this collection of James's prefaces constitutes the most profound manual of the art of fiction in the language."

-- "Nation"

"In this volume all the Prefaces which Henry James wrote for the New York edition of his works have been brought under one cover. The result makes an indispensable item for every student or lover of Henry James and for all students of the novel, which James himself thought 'the most independent, most elastic, most prodigious of literary forms.'"

-- "Commonweal"

"As the story of a story, each preface has its dramatic interest, and those who have not read the stories in the light of each preface have missed half the enjoyment to be got from them."

-- "Times Literary Supplement"
"This is the chief importance of James's prefaces: that they have made future novelists conscious; that the planned effect has been substituted for the lucky stroke. . . . But to the common reader they should have an almost equal value, for our enjoyment of a novel is increased when we can follow the method of the writer."--Graham Greene "Spectator"